Monday, 3 October 2011 12:00 AM
Luxury car lovers who want a car that’s a bit kinder to the planet won’t have to wait too much longer to get behind the wheel of a hybrid BMW. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is based on the 5 Series and this petrol-electric saloon will be on sale in the UK from February 25, 2012. It will be priced at £46,860 OTR.
The performance from this hybrid is similar to that of the 535i but with 16% lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and a spot six bands lower in the benefits-in-kind tax scale than a petrol-powered 5 Series. Combined fuel consumption is 44.1mpg and CO2 emissions are at 149g/km. At speeds up to 37mph, the ActiveHybrid 5 can travel up to 2.4 miles on zero-emission electric power alone.
Specs are pretty impressive - power is at 340bhp, max torque is 332lb-ft and the 0-62mph dash is achieved in 5.9 seconds. The engine is an inline six and it is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As well as the green credentials, the ActiveHybrid 5 comes with a lush interior and all the standard kit you’d expect from a BMW. Standard equipment includes multimedia sat-nav, four zone climate control, 17inch alloy wheels, anthracite wood interior trim, matt chrome tailpipes and ActiveHybrid badging.
Before going on sale in the UK next year, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will be debuted on November 30 at the Tokyo Motor Show.
By Georgia Lewis
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